"I wanted to show the effects of what could happen if you were in a biking accident," said Loreal Prystaj. The Fairport High School student created this billboard as part of her class at the Eastern Monroe Career Center.
"The woman from the Injury-Free Coalition for Kids approached us because my kids in the past have done billboards for Monroe County, Stop DWI," said Sulyn Bennett-Hennessey, a visual communications instructor. "They have a contest, so she approached us, and wondered if our students would like to take it on as a project."
"I made it graphic, because I wanted it to make an impact on people when they saw it," said Loreal.
Every year more than 250 children are injured in biking accidents. The most basic safety tips include:
- wearing a helmet
- making sure the helmet is straight, not tilted on the head
- the helmet strap should also be locked
- don't wear headphones when you bike
"It can distract you," said Loreal. "You're not going to know if cars are coming up behind you."
Her graphic image may be the handy reminder families need to keep kids fit and safe.
"If you are riding a bike without a helmet and you can fall off, and you can make a collision and have a head injury with bruises and blood," said Loreal.